Calming Colic by Christian Bates: Book Review & Giveaway

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Colic is the worst nightmare of all new parents.  At just three days old, our daughter began to suffer the tell-tale signs of colic.  Not even a week into her little life she would scream inconsolably, from early evening into the small hours of the morning.

As parents, we felt utterly helpless in our quest to make her feel better, nothing we did could make it right.  After numerous GP visits where thankfully we were told that she was healthy, we were left to ‘sit’ it out.  Our baby continued to suffer until she approached four months of age, when one day the crying and the squirming stopped.  When Hubs and I look back on this time, we wish we could have done more.  It was an incredibly stressful time for both us and our daughter.

Since then, we have been asked numerous times how we got though colic.  What did we do to stop her crying?  How did we get her to sleep?  Each time I didn’t have the answers people wanted to hear.  That was until I read Calming Colic by Christian Bates.  This book offers an insight into colic that I only wish I had back then, it would have without a doubt been a completely different story.

In his book, Christian highlights the ten causes of colic including birth trauma, feeding and sleeping environment and the hungry baby.  As I read through each point I found myself, with the benefit of hindsight, understanding what my baby had been through and why.  Each point that is made is easy to understand, so even if you are a sleep deprived parent with a screaming baby you won’t be baffled by Christian’s words.  Throughout his book, he seeks to educate and help parents and in my opinion he is extremely successful in doing this.

The Ten Common Causes of Colic

  1. Birth trauma.
  2. Antibiotic use and imbalance in bowel bacteria.
  3. Maternal separation.
  4. Growing pains.
  5. Feeding and sleep environment and routine.
  6. Foods eaten by the breastfeeding mother.
  7. Formula fed babies have issues with formula causing colic.
  8. The mother has digestive issues of her own.
  9. The mother is deficient in good foods and nutrients.
  10. Stress in parents.

by Christian Bates

 

Out of the ten causes it was birth trauma that resonated with Hubs and I most.  Had we been asked at the time we would both have denied that my labour was traumatic, but with the knowledge gained from Calming Colic we can’t be sure that it wasn’t traumatic for our baby.  The symptoms presented by my daughter, including the arching of her back were classic of babies who had suffered trauma at birth.  On reaching the end of the paragraph when Christian stated that these babies often suffer with reflux too, I really felt like I had a light bulb moment!  Our daughter suffered terribly with reflux for many months, even after the colic had subsided.  The beauty of this book is that is that it offers solutions and routes to treatment that I didn’t know existed back then, this will hopefully save its readers and their families months of living in colicky hell.

Throughout his book Christian leaves no stone unturned, he offers the over anxious and sleep deprived new parent a lifeline when times are at their toughest.  As someone who has lived through colic, I would highly recommend reading Christian’s book.  It offers an education that every parent needs to get through those early, raw months of parenthood.

Calming Colic is available to purchase in paperback at £9.99 and PDF download at £5.99.

You can also head over to the Calming Colic website which is packed full of helpful information.

If you would like to win your own copy of Calming Colic, all you have to do is enter the giveaway below.  Please do take a peek at the terms and conditions before entering…good luck!

 

Calming Colic by Christian Bates Book Giveaway

*This is  a collaborative post.

46 Comments

  • organisedjo February 20, 2017 at 7:18 am

    We had colic and reflux with our first, and had no idea how to help our little one out with it. The book looks like it will be a great help for new parents. #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 20, 2017 at 7:19 am

      It’s such a tough time isn’t it, I would have loved this book back when ours was tiny! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  • franbackwithabump February 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    This book sounds perfect for any new parent! Thanks for joining us for #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 20, 2017 at 7:34 am

      It’s fab! Thanks for having me xx

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  • justsayingmum February 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

    what a wonderful give away for a mummy with a newborn! #BigPinkLink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 20, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Thankyou! Xx

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  • Heather Keet February 20, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    13 years of working with infants in daycare and I never had a baby with colic. I consider myself extremely lucky! #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 20, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Wow, that is lucky! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  • Hannah Jane February 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Sounds like a thoroughly interesting and helpful book, a wonderful giveaway for anyone with a newborn or little one on the way! Thank you for sharing with #bigpinklink x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 20, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Thankyou xx

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  • justsayingmum February 21, 2017 at 9:01 am

    hello #DreamTeam neighbour xx

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Haha thankyou! Xx

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  • Lucy grace February 21, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Sounds like a very helpful book! Anything to help parents and babies through the hell of colic… I remember it with our first and it was terrible. Due to have my second soon so will keep this book in mind if we get hit with it again! #bigpinklink

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 21, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Oh bless you, definitely keep it in mind! Colic is just awful!! Xx

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  • crummymummy1 February 24, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    My first two both suffered from colic – our third is now 10 days old but no signs yet thank goodness… #marvmondays

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 24, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Oh bless you, I’m keeping my fingers crossed your little one doesn’t suffer with it! x

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  • Pass The Prosecco Please February 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

    My son suffered from dreadful colic and I’d never thought it could be the birth trauma that caused it. Thankyou for sharing #blogstavaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Mine was the same! Xx

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  • Jakijellz February 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

    My little one bad colic and reflux for the first three months and we didn’t know. As soon as we found out we were able to help him but it was a horrible time. You feel so helpless. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      Bless you, it really is horrible xx

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  • Laura Beresford February 26, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Sounds really useful! I’m grateful that all 3 of mine haven’t suffered from colic but I know it is awful for some babies (and parents!) #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      It’s great yours didn’t suffer! Thanks for stopping by xx

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  • and Jacob makes three February 26, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    It sounds like it was a tough time! The book sounds great. We were lucky and didn’t have colic #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Thankyou xx

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  • mindyourmamma February 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm

    Hopefully I’m over that bit in my life (i.e. I don’t have to go through it again), but it’s awful, and I hope this book can really help a family that needs it! Thanks for sharing #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      I’m so glad we are over it too, it’s so tough isn’t it! Xx

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  • Peachy February 26, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    It seems to me that just about all babies have at least a bit of colic in those early months. Anything to help those tiny babies is worth looking into. #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      I totally agree! Xx

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  • Mrs T (@SothisismeMrsT) February 26, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    we really struggled with colic with both of our boys, awful time but got through it somehow! I feel your pain #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Horrible isn’t it! Xx

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  • Amy & Tots February 26, 2017 at 7:02 pm

    I really could have used this book with my first, she suffered terribly with colic. #Blogstravaganze

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      It’s such a horrible thing isn’t it! Xx

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  • Momoftwolittlegirls February 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Great pointers. Fortunately mine didn’t have colic. Swing & roundabouts.
    I’m paying for it in other ways I’m sure.

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Oh bless you, glad you managed to swerve it though! Xx

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  • mummascribbles February 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I am so thankful that I have never had to deal with this. Zach had a bit of reflux when he was a baby but that was it. Oscar so far so good as well. I have seen so many posts about how awful colic is, I really hope this book helps lots of people. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Thankyou xx

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  • itsmeanniebee February 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Both of mine had colic and it was awful, the only ‘solution’ was infacol which offered no solution! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 26, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      We used Infacol too, it didn’t work for us either! Xx

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  • Making Little People February 26, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    It’s so important that this is explored more. Being told your baby is fine when they scream so inconsolably for such a long period is both heart breaking and soul destroying. #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 28, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      I couldn’t agree more xx

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  • bridiebythesea February 27, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    Oh this all resonates a lot as I just came from visiting my best friend whose 3 month old has colic and reflux. It’s so heartbreaking and I hope he feels a bit happier soon 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to #dreamteam hope to see you next time 🙂 x

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Oh bless him, it really is horrible xx

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  • Mrs Mummy Harris February 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Colic was horrible when Ben was little, however luckily tommee tippees anti colic bottles and aptamil anti colic formula was our saviour. that and using a toddle pod upright on the sofa! within two weeks it calmed right down! #blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood February 28, 2017 at 7:08 pm

      It is awful, I’m so glad you managed to help your little one with it! X

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  • Sinéad (shinnersandthebrood.com) March 3, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Oooh sounds interesting. Colic sounds so awful. So grateful to have escaped it! #Blogstravaganza

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    • The Tale of Mummyhood March 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      It is horrible, it’s great that you managed to swerve it though! x

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